Premieres Wednesday, November 28 at 10 PM ET/PT on VICELAND
The show follows Steve Hupp, a former serial bank robber whose life was changed when a robbery went wrong and he found himself sharing a prison cell with a Peruvian shaman named Guadalupe who upon release, introduced him to the healing potential of Ayahuasca.
Now, Hupp and his family have opened a church deep in the Bible Belt of Kentucky, attracting people from far and wide seeking enlightenment, salvation or healing from any number of afflictions from depression and PTSD, to recovery from emotional or physical abuse and addictions of all kinds. Hupp and his family guide them through ceremonies and their experiences with the medicine, to help them find the healing and answers that they’ve yet to find.
Steve Hupp is the founder and chief shaman at Aya Quest Native Americas Church in Kentucky. He has worked with Ayahuasca -- the entheogenic tea with hallucinogenic properties that many believe can help address trauma and illness stored in the body and mind -- for 15 years. Hupp has spent much of that time working alone and experiencing all manner of visions and enmities that led him to found Aya Quest. As chief shaman of his family run-church, he's led thousands of spiritual sessions with Ayahuasca or Mother Aya as he calls 'her' in a quiet and relaxed environment in the woods of Kentucky.